Love Island host Caroline Flack says she hates the perceived rivalry between her show and Big Brother.
Although Love Island and Big Brother differ in many ways, at their core both shows feature a group of people locked in a house being filmed 24/7.
And airing head to head over the summer, a bit of a competition has kicked off between the two reality series.
But Caroline told the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper: “I love Emma and I love Rylan. We all get on really well. I saw Emma last week and it’s always great to catch up. We make two really fun shows that shouldn’t be put against each other.
“I don’t think anything about Love Island makes it better TV than Big Brother. I think they’re both equally as good as each other.”
So far this year Love Island is proving the most popular of the two shows with its best start to a series so far.
Up to 1.5 million viewers tuned to the latest episodes this week, 200,000 more than watched the launch at the start of the month.
Overall, an average audience of 1.3 million has been tuning in to ITV2 each night, well up on the 900,000 average of 2016’s first week and close to triple the numbers series one had.
Big Brother on the other hand is falling behind its reality rival.
While the Channel 5 series beat Love Island on their head to head launch nights, since then numbers have dropped to an average of less than 1 million over past week. As Love Island rises, Big Brother is down 200,000 on last year’s equivalent first week average.
It’s quite the turnaround for both shows, which were going head to head a decade ago under very different circumstances.
Love Island was then a celebrity series on the main ITV show where it was losing out to Big Brother on Channel 4 which was getting over 4 million viewers.
Big Brother and Love Island continue nightly on Channel 5 and ITV2 respectively.